Well, one of my most favourite things is the evolution of necktie fashion. I've been gifted some of the most outrageous and glorious ties over the years, and I never tire of giving them new life.
My brother used to be a real schlump. He wore ripped sweaters that he would sometimes mend with a rusty necklace chain. He never combed his hair, which was thick and full, long and curly.
He wore aged Levi jeans really well. He sometimes didn't come home for days and nights at a time and he scared the dickens out of all of us.
But you know what's weirder? When he grew up, he became a necktie guy.
And he looked just as gorgeous in a slate grey button up vest and tie and expensive shoes as he did in ripped jeans and "sonova beach" t-shirts.
Plus, he was a little less scarey.
So when September rolled around, and the time for bags returned, I thought of my brother. And I brought in my bag of tangled up, assorted neckties.
I delight in sorting them, studying their designs, mixing and matching them.
And I particularly like when I can incorporate them as shoulder straps. You might not believe this, but putting together a sewn shoulder strap is more time consuming than it appears.
I'm just as fond of the inside of the bag. If you're a blog follower, you know that I go through couches like most people go through boxes of kleenex in cold and flu season. Mind you, these are couches of the $35.00 recycled variety, but I digress.
Several couches ago, some industrious woman had mended a tear beneath the cushion with the gorgeous fabric that you now see employed as the flaps underside, and the interior pocket. Sure, the couch made it's less than splendid departure at the local dump, but not before I rescued that sweet piece of patching fabric.
The blue-ish brown-ish print comes to you all the way from London, England. Lettuce, our friend over at Made 4 Aid, sent me a fabric care package. I dip into it from time to time and think fond thoughts of her. My sister actually got to meet her in a quaint English pub, but I pretty much don't travel, what with the amount of procreating I've done, the mortgage, the grocery bills and the whatnot.
Apparently, you just can't have too many pockets.
Here's a handy sales pitch. The $35.00 silk necktie is part of the deal! wha-hoo. Should you ever find yourself in a pinch without the appropriate formal attire, just fling this bag around your neck and -voila! Instant grace and sophistication.